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           Here's the beat and the feel of today's young music

There are 6 messages in this issue of Spectropop.

Topics in this Digest Number 174:

      1. A Slice of the Cake
           From: Stewart Mason 
      2. Hullabaloo on VHS and DVD
           From: Paul Urbahns 
      3. Jeff, Ellie, Barry and Cynthia
           From: "Donny Hampton" 
      4. Re: We Got Your Archies Right Here!
           From: Billy G. Spradlin 
      5. Re: Archies rule
           From: "bernardo de andres herrero" 
      6. Re: Archies rule
           From: "Donny Hampton" 


Message: 1
   Date: Thu, 31 May 2001 18:55:25 -0000
   From: Stewart Mason 
Subject: A Slice of the Cake

I just got this on eBay (apparently quite a bargain, as
it cost $5 and I was leafing through Osborne the other
day at the bookstore and it says $50-70), and I'm mostly
quite impressed.  It's fun to imagine the conversations
between the producers:

Charles Greene: "What do you think, should we put a
steel band or a full orchestra on 'Extroverted Introvert'?"

Brian Stone: "Well, we've booked them both, let's put
'em both on at the same time and let the listener figure
it out!"

Not all the songs are up to that standard, but the mix
of folk-rock, lite psych and girl-groupisms works more
often than not.


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Message: 2
   Date: Thu, 31 May 2001 21:03:58 EDT
   From: Paul Urbahns
Subject: Hullabaloo on VHS and DVD

I just purchased two DVDs of old Hullabaloo shows. Each
DVD equals 4 VHS tapes and runs over 4 1/2 hours. To the
compilers credit the shows are fairly complete. Obviously
there were things they could not license so there are no
Ronettes singing here even though they are announced in
the beginning and appear on camera in the background of a
A Go-Go scene. We can all guess why their songs were

The goofy stuff is still here like the guest stars
singing the top hits of the week in a Top Pop segment.
Goofy but great.

I only have two gripes. 1- Why doesn't someone do Shindig
this way (not themed excerpts like Rhino did). After all
we all know Shindig was a better show.

2- Since Hullabaloo relied so heavy on lip syncs (Shindig
didn't) why didn't the compilers put the original hits in
stereo. Instead the whole thing sounds like its coming
out of the 4 inch speaker in the side of your black and
white TV. 

Well I guess that is more authentic because that's they
way I originally saw the shows.

Volumes 1-4 (the first DVD) is definitely the better.

Paul Urbahns

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Message: 3
   Date: Wed, 30 May 2001 19:22:55 -0000
   From: "Donny Hampton" 
Subject: Jeff, Ellie, Barry and Cynthia

That Japanese Jeff and Ellie comp looks interesting, even
though numerous big hits are omitted.  I'd love to lay
hands on a copy.

I'm excited to learn that Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil are
finally going to get a songbook CD!  Can you tell us any
more about it?

Don Charles

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Message: 4
   Date: Wed, 30 May 2001 21:21:31 -0000
   From: Billy G. Spradlin 
Subject: Re: We Got Your Archies Right Here!

> RKO Records has released two original Archies
> titles THE ARCHIES and ARCHIE'S PARTY, respectively.  The
> packaging is pretty awful (though photos of Ron Dante
> appear on both CDs), but they did a good job remastering
> the tracks.  No bonus tracks, though.  I think these CDs
> are available through and/or cdnow.

There have been several Archies "Greatest Hits" CD's
released over the years. But several import CD's have
been "remastered" from Vinyl or poor quality source tapes.
(I think one of them is from a German compnay, Bellephon)
I own RKO's "Archies" CD and the sound quality is

BTW who owns the rights for these recordings now? Rhino,
Buddah, Varese or even Sundazed need to put together a
good sounding and well documented Archies compilation.
(Same with the Banana Splits!)    

As for unreleased songs, The Partridge Family had 15+
songs on the TV show that didnt make the Bell LP's. I
heard Buddah was going to release a rarities CD called
"Gems" but that was nixed because of a lawsuit from David
Cassidy (who wants his name and picture removed from all
their reissues, bummer!) 


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Message: 5
   Date: Thu, 31 May 2001 09:22:41 -0000
   From: "bernardo de andres herrero" 
Subject: Re: Archies rule

"Antonio Vizcarra" wrote:

>I think the Archies catalog deserves to be released in a
>box set as there are lots of unreleased songs which were
>terrific (well, partially unreleased - many songs
>appeared on the TV show but did not appear on vinyl).

hola antonio: Eres espanol, soy un gran aficionado a los
Archies y a las canciones de series de dibujos animados.
Mis favoritos banana splits y josie and the pussicats.
Me interesaria mantener contacto . Con respecto a la box
set de archies creo que no saldra aunque ron dante en
una entrevista para la revista britanica mojo manifesto
que existian alrededor de 400 canciones relacionadas con
al serie. adios.

[Ed. note: The above message is roughly translated as
follows (for our non-Spanish speaking members) 

hello antonio:  You are Spanish, I am a great fan to the
Archies and the songs of cartoon series.  My favorites
are Banana Splits and Josie and the Pussycats. I am
interested in corresponding off-list.  With respect to the
Archies box set, I believe that Ron Dante is quoted in
an interview for the British magazine Mojo that there
exist about 400 songs related to the series. Good bye. ]

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Message: 6
   Date: Wed, 30 May 2001 19:28:53 -0000
   From: "Donny Hampton" 
Subject: Re: Archies rule

"Mike Arcidiacono" wrote:

> Hey, all the Partridge Family stuff has bee released on
> Cd.....and its the SAME Musicians that played on the
> Archies stuff!!!

Hi Mike,

The Archies' musicians were East Coast people, and I am
fairly certain The Partridge Family musicians were from
the West Coast.  For some of the names of the session
players, see the Archies page at SPECTROPOP.  You'll see
that they're different from the musicians listed on
Partridge Family albums.

Don Charles

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